More composers in Britten's shadow
In a recent post about Gerald Finzi I looked at how a number of British composers struggled to emerge from the shadow of Benjamin Britten in the post-war period. The rare archive photograph above reinforces the point that there is still a lot of fine music waiting to be rediscovered. Taken at the 1953 Cheltenham Festival it shows from left to right: William Alwyn, Iain Hamilton, Arthur Benjamin, John Joubert, Peter Racine Fricker, Phyllis Tate and William Wordsworth. The good news is that a new recording of the Second Symphony of South African born John Joubert, who is the only composer in the photo still with us, is being released in late May by Dutton. The symphony, which is a tribute to the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, was initially banned in South Africa, but the ban was eventually overthrown with the support of Nelson Mandela. A forgotten maestro from the same period is remembered here.
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